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Attack on Northcare computer network accessed patient health information – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2021-07-30 18:39:16 –

Oklahoma City (Free press) — Northcare sent an email to all patients on Friday informing them that their computer network was the target of a ransomware attack and had access to their records.

North Care It is a non-profit organization of mental health, substance abuse and family counseling in several places in Oklahoma City and Logan County.

Ransomware is a place where hackers can access your network, collect information that you can sell, and encrypt your entire network. A ransom from the network owner is required to access the information again.

According to the email, the patient information accessed by the hacker is:

  • full name
  • social Security number
  • address
  • Birthday
  • Medical diagnosis

The email states that a “forensic analysis” is still underway to determine the extent of the damage.

When the investigation is complete, a personalized letter will be sent to the patient who accessed the information.

Northcare has set numbers from 1 to 800 for patients. It is 855-923-3861. Patients can call from Monday to Friday between 8 am and 5 pm CST.

A Northcare spokesperson handling inquiries about the incident did not respond to email, phone, or voicemail by publication on Friday afternoon.

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According to an email to the patient, North Care first discovered “abnormal activity” on the computer network on June 1. An internal investigation revealed that the hacker had been working on the network since May 29th.

The email states that during the three days, Northcare discovered an attack and an attempt to encrypt company information. When the attack was discovered, “measures were taken to contain it …”.

According to the company, it was able to lock out the attack and restore the network and data from a backup. We are currently restricting access to the network.

The email says: “As an attacker gained access to unsecured data on NorthCare’s computer network, NorthCare concluded that the attacker may have gained unauthorized access to past and present patient’s personal health information. rice field.”

Northcare said in an email that it is currently working with a “forensic expert” and is contacting the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

“We provide free access to identity monitoring, fraud consultation, and identity theft recovery services to protect the identities of those affected by this security incident,” the email read.


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Last updated: July 30, 2021 17:59 Brett Dickerson – Editor

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